Azerbaijani Mugham with Jeffrey Werbock
APR 08, 2014 | 5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
6304.23: MEMEAC Conference Rm
April 08, 2014: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Azerbaijani Mugham is monophonic modal music, highly microtonal, meter free, densely ornamented, composed of complex melodic lines that are somewhat improvised according to the eastern tradition of theme and variation, and convey a mix of sorrow and joy, exaltation and lament, and an overall sense of both antiquity and other worldliness.
Jeffrey Werbock has been giving presentations for well over three decades and has performed often at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Asia Society, World Music Institute, and presents lecture demonstrations at colleges and universities all over the English speaking world. He has been awarded an honorary degree by the National Music Conservatory of Azerbaijan, in Baku, and was recently sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan to perform a solo concert.
Prof. Jonathan Shannon (Anthropology, Hunter College and Graduate Center, CUNY) will offer comments.